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    Default Free access to Dublin City facilities for elderly

    From Ireland.com:
    • A discount card scheme providing free access to public facilities for Dublin's older community was launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin today.

      The "Passport for Leisure" is aimed at getting Dublin's older residents involved in recreational and leisure activities in Dublin and offers discounts for people aged over 55 to services including leisure centres, swimming pools, golf, travel and shopping.

      At a conference, Celebrating Ageing; Grasping Opportunity, Lord Mayor Vincent Jackson said the Council's vision was for older people to live in an inclusive, safe environment that is accessible and appropriate to their needs.

      The cards, which cost 5 and can be applied for at the website passportforleisure.ie , are part of a wider push by the City Council to establish itself as an advocate for older people.

      An Office for Ageing and Older People has been established by the City Council and officials, with particular responsibility for the needs of older people, are being employed in each of its area offices.

      The council is also installing computers with Internet access at 12 of Dublin City Council's older person's sheltered housing complexes, providing Internet and email training, he said.
    A worthwhile initiative, which should be extended nationwide. Kudos to DCC for this one!

    Details of what facilities are included, and further information, is available from the Passport for Leisure website.
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    Father in law gets into the pool for free anytime, while I've to shell out €12 for a family swim at the weekend. This is a load of balls. They should be made contribute the same as anyone else if they want to use the same facilities.

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    This is simply transferring the cost of amenities to younger people and providing amenities to older people, many of whom are well off, for free.

    It is geared to purchase votes with younger people's money.

    If fewer people pay then those who pay will pay more!

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    I could have sworn that Naoise O'Muiri was the Lord Mayor of Dublin.

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    Is meanness of spirit the new national defining characteristic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by statsman View Post
    Is meanness of spirit the new national defining characteristic?
    what do you mean new ?

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    I would have thought the social benefit of this is obvious and it's not free. More active seniors can help with areas such as isolation and perhaps mitigate some age related illnesses linked to lack of exercise. It's a pity that some posters just see fit to turn it into a callous bean counting exercise.
    Last edited by sic transit; 19th November 2012 at 01:41 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by And So I Said View Post
    what do you mean new ?
    True enough. I should have said shameless meanness of spirit.
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